Friday 9 January 2015

#23 - Use a Portrait

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Hello and welcome, lovely to have you stop by and see my DT Post for A Vintage Journey today.

This fortnight Sandy has chosen this amazing challenge'Use A Portrait' and what fun I have had making my project. The challenge runs for 2 weeks and is sponsored by Countryview Crafts with one lucky winner winning a £10 Shopping Spree. You could also win the chance to be our next Guest Creative Guide. Please check out HERE for full details and to see all the projects from my super talented Teamies.

I had the idea of making a Vintage Travel Photo Frame and came across this photo of an Antique one on the Internet and was now totally inspired to replicate this in my own interpretation.

I wanted the outside of my frame to look like it was bound in leather.

Using 300 gsm Kraft card stock I spritzed a mix of Glycerine and Water onto my card to soften the fibres and began to crush my card.

I used my stains on my Kraft Sheet to swipe my card stock through.

I spritz on some Stains.

Once dry I used my embossing folder to add my texture and blended on Black Soot to the edges and raised areas.

I stitched 2 rows of black stitching around the perimeter. Following this I dabbed on a layer of Mod Podge to seal and gave a glossy feel. A Tip - When you apply the glue do not brush on as you will distort your ink with it being water soluble, hence why I dabbed with my brush.

I cut out 2 pieces of chipboard and applied my texture paste aligning up my stencil once texture paste had dried to fill the complete piece of chipboard.

In this photo you will see I added Tarnished Brass Distress paint and once dry I coated with a layer of Acrylic paint letting this partially dry before wiping back with a baby wipe.

My images I cut out with an oval die and stamped 2nd generation ink around the edges.

I then mounted onto an oval cut out of the same size from cereal packaging and went around the edges with a Brown Copic Pen.

I die cut using cereal packaging and glued 2 Layers together. This was to give the illusion of being a metal frame. Once dry they were all coated with Distress Paint.

I love how Tim puts accents of burlap onto projects. I stained a woven string piece and applied in middle.

I layered a stained piece of Cheesecloth behind my mounted photos.

I made my corners applying same paint techniques as before and a little gilding wax.

I made a mould from a heart shaped button and added some paper clay into my mould.

This is the finished result off it.

Here is another look at the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love if you have time to leave a comment.

Julie x


  1. WOW! What an exquisite work of art this is! That embossing folder you used, what brand is it? It looks great!

    1. The embossing folder is a Sizzix, unfortunately I don't know the name of it.
      Julie x

    2. Thank you, the brand will help me in the search. :)

  2. What a wonderful project Julie! I love your cover - it really looks like dark old leather - thanks for sharing how you did it all - love the button and the framings of the photos too!

  3. Absolutely in LOVE with your faux Leather frame! I am trying pretty Julie. Thanks for the detailed share. Have a nice weekend. Hugs.

  4. This is fantastic! Great vintage feel and wonderful idea - thanks for all the photos and explanations for those of us learning about the variety of techniques!

  5. Stunning travel frame Julie, thank you for sharing your techniques, I've got to try your faux aged leather technique, it's beautiful!

  6. Wow Julie, this is one fantastic and amazing replica of a vintage photo frame. I love all the techniques you used to achieve those brilliant results. This is the perfect place to hold your vintage portraits. xxx

  7. Stunning Julie!! I absolutely love the faux leather effect on the outside and the way you did the inside with those two lovely photos looks fantastic too! Great step by step photos, - a super project altogether!

  8. Oh I can almost feel the soft leathery wallet, perfectly done Julie, and what a clever way to create the frame. Wonderful project and inspiration. Ruth x

  9. WOWSERS!! I can't stop looking at this gorgeous book Julie! Wonderful tutorial, I just loved seeing how you put this together! Fabulous vintage feel in every inch of faux leather and metal! What an amazing piece of art! hugs :)

  10. What a great vintage wallet - the faux leather looks fab, and I love the textured framing pages inside - brilliant!
    Alison xx

  11. WOW this is seriously have created a wonderful work of art Julie!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  12. You really have done a brilliant job recreating a vintage travel photo frame, your leather looks so realistic and I love the hint of fabric you added to the frames. Brilliant tutorial too! Hugs, Anne xx

  13. Wowsers Julie!!! this is stunning! I love the framed photographs under the the wonderful texture paste and that fabulous die (love to know where you got that from!!). But …. oh the faux leather …… just stunning!!!!! A fabulous make of the original you googled. Love it! Jennie x

    PS Sorry to be late commenting - we've had lots of power cuts today!

  14. Such a treat to see this! Love the vintage suede and the beautifully altered frames. Jenny x

  15. The Vintage travel photo frame was a beauty .. The faux leather was just fabulous ... xoxo Remya

  16. Love these amazing frames so many gorgeous textures and techniques
    The outside and inside are equally stunning, with those fab die cuts with such lovely portraits

    Jools x

  17. Wooow, fabulous Julie!!!!! Thank you for this great tutorial on your way to reproduce faux leather, and embellish everything starting from basic kraft paper!! Coco x

  18. Love how you used the embossing folder and stencil to frame the portraits! Gorgeousness!

  19. Truly breathtaking, and oh, so inspiring! I could stare at this all day! You have just sold me on another Cheery Lynn die! You have used it perfectly! So pretty!

  20. Simply lovely. Love the idea and how you have made it come alive. I appreciate your participation in the challenge - wonderful work!


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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